LinuxQuestions.org
Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 03-18-2005, 08:30 AM   #1
coolblue
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 126

Rep: Reputation: 15
undefined mode number & MORE questions


Dear Sir

0) Nearly every LiveCD plus the Yoper CD gives
me this stupid message on every bootup:

"BIOS data check successful

You passed an undefined mode number. Press ENTER to see video modes available or SPACE to continue or wait 30 secs."

Even when I specify a mode number, this stupid message invariably shows up
everytime on every boot.

Can someone tell me how I can get rid of this message??

1) What filesysten should the boot partition have?
I'm thinking of ReiserFS. Am I right?

2) While partitioning with a LiveCD, should I mount
the partitions after having created them?

3) While creating partitions, it asks me whether I'd
want to move the current files to the new partition OR
hide the files. Which should I opt for?

4) Which partition(s) should I make the bootable partition?
What if I make other partitions bootable?

Thanks & take care
CoolBlue
 
Old 03-18-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
visaris
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2004
Distribution: gentoo
Posts: 190

Rep: Reputation: 30
1) Invalid mode:

Go into your bootloader config file and add vga=9. This should make the error about the mode go away every time you boot. Grub syntax should look something like this (I'm not sure how this looks exactly in Lilo):

Code:
...
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3smp ro root=/dev/hdc2 hdd=ide-scsi vga=9
...
If you use GRUB, the config file might be one of these depending on the distro:
/boot/grub/menu.lst
/boot/grub/grub.conf

If you use lilo, the config file should be /etc/lilo.conf.

4) Bootable partition:

You shouldn't have to make any partition bootable in fdisk (or any other graphical partitioning software for that matter). The boot loader (grub or lilo) will probably be installed in the MBR (Master Boot Record) instead of in one of the individual partitions. In most installations I've seen, what ever partition is going to be mounted at /boot (usually partition 0) is made bootable. I don't think this is needed in many cases though.
 
Old 03-18-2005, 03:04 PM   #3
syg00
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Australia
Distribution: Lots ...
Posts: 15,998

Rep: Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219Reputation: 2219
Re: undefined mode number & MORE questions

0) - See if you can add a video override to the kernel options on boot - something like
Code:
knoppix26 vga=normal
1) - ext2. You don't need logging or a high performance fs at that point. You need simple and well supported.
2) - what does the installation doco say ???. Handy if you want to use them.
3) - no idea. Don't understand the reference - don't recall ever facing this.
4) - I dont believe it matters with grub; may be the same with lilo. Windoze generally wants its marked bootable.
 
Old 03-21-2005, 07:57 AM   #4
coolblue
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 126

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
THANKS!

HEY THANKS A LOT FOR UR REPLIES! I HOPE I GET RID OF MY PROBLEM!

TAKE CARE
YASSER
 
Old 04-18-2005, 03:19 PM   #5
demerson3
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2004
Location: Los Angeles
Distribution: debian stable
Posts: 43

Rep: Reputation: 15
thanks!

vga=normal worked for me... vga=9 did not. Yay!
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
UNDEFINED MODE NUMBER error coolblue Linux - Newbie 7 06-10-2006 09:05 AM
You passed an undefined mode number & wheel mouse dave`2005 Linux - Newbie 8 08-28-2005 12:38 PM
You passed an undefined mode number priest_judas Linux - Newbie 12 02-08-2005 06:16 PM
You passed an undefined mode number priest_judas Linux - Hardware 3 12-11-2003 05:19 PM
You have passed an undefined mode number. acidslut Slackware 5 08-18-2003 12:00 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:00 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration